A nursing student who was kidnapped and stuffed into the trunk of her own car saved herself with the help of her insulin pump.
According to NBC News, Brittany Diggs, 25, of Birmingham, Alabama, was kidnapped at gunpoint last Tuesday. Her attacker first forced her to drive around the city and tried to withdraw money using her ATM card, reportedly accusing her of lying when she said she didn’t have money in her account to give him.
Later, he locked her in the trunk of her car, but she used the light on her insulin pump to find the trunk’s latch and free herself.
Diggs described her ordeal and dramatic escape in a recent appearance on the Today show.
“I just got the bright idea to use my insulin pump light, which is not a bright light, but it was bright enough to see,” Diggs said. “So I had to put it right on top of it to look and see for the latch.”
Diggs took her opportunity when the suspect pulled into a gas station, reportedly to try and use her ATM card at a cash machine there.
“I’m holding the latch like this, waiting for him to get back in the car,” Diggs said on the show. “He gets in [and] he’s yelling … and I feel the car reversing, and he’s pulling out pretty fast, so I’m, like, ‘Oh shoot — I better get out of here.'”
The great escape was caught on video by the gas station’s surveillance camera.
While Diggs escaped unharmed, the suspect is still at large — and he got away with the nursing student’s valuable personal items, including her car.
“He had my phone, keys, car, everything. Gone. Like, I literally just had a jacket,” Diggs said.
Fearing for her safety, Diggs told the show she is preparing to leave town.
A friend set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to replace Diggs’s stolen belongings. It has far exceeded its initial goal.
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